‘Velvet Fire’ – the Legacy of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by Dinuk Wijeratne

Dinuk Wijeratne NFAKDinuk Wijeratne revisits Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s legacy from a Musician’s  & student’s point of view. He writes

What I find personally instructive and inspiring is the notion that Nusrat endorsed any collaboration in which the essence of the traditional material was preserved. Like a flower in a foreign garden, our perception of the purity of a single entity is changed, perhaps even enhanced, provided that it continues to bloom untouched in a different environment to what it is used to. Nusrat’s renditions of Qawwali were able to do so regardless of their immediate contexts.

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All Gods Are One, He is everywhere & within everyone – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

All Gods Are One, He is within everyone & Everywhere – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Performance Excerpt from 1993 “Allah Hoo” Recorded in London, 1993 by BBC

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Artistic Renditions continued..

The first pic in gallery is a very minimal yet highly expressive poster of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The theme rhymes with the unbelievably simple and modest personality of Nusrat.

Nusrat-Fateh-Ali-Khan-Poster Minimal

Nusrat-Fateh-Ali-Khan-Poster Minimal

NFAK Dropping Ecstasy, Painted by Nikunj Prajapati

NFAK Dropping Ecstasy, Painted by Nikunj Prajapati

NFAK Dropping Ecstasy-2, Painted by Nikunj Prajapati

NFAK Dropping Ecstasy-2, Painted by Nikunj Prajapati

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Sanu Ik Pal Chain Na Aawe – Esraj Instumental

Sanu Ik Pal Chain Manav Singh

Have you ever envied people who listen to music while doing other works, I have ..
I could never listen to NFAK & engage in something else at the same time , NFAK always took the front & only seat until I came across this.
This Esraj Instumental of Sanu Ik Pal Chain Na Aawe by Manav Singh, doesn’t just set a immensely soft & soothing background but also keeps Nusrat Factor Alive in ways unexplainable in words. I was reminded of Sultan Khan’s Sarangi on NFAK compositions..


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